By Isabella Biedenharn
Updated April 13, 2015 at 02:00 PM EDT
(Photograph: Claire Alexandra Hatfield/ Jacket design: Carol Devine Carson)

Patti Smith, the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids, is back with a new memoir, and EW has the exclusive first look at its moody cover.

M Train takes readers on a journey through the artist’s mind—she calls it “a roadmap to my life”—inviting us into her favorite coffee shops and cafes along the way. Pausing at 18 different “stations” throughout, the book is about Smith’s deepest literary obsessions, as well as “the inevitable losses that come to us in life—and the consolation we might salvage from them.”

The photo on the book’s jacket is a sacred memento for Smith: It shows her at Cafe ‘Ino in Greenwich Village, where M Train begins, and where Smith went every morning for a breakfast of black coffee and brown bread. On the last day before Cafe ‘Ino closed, a passing photographer took the picture. Smith calls it “the first and last picture at my corner table in Ino… My portal to where.”

M Train will be published on Oct. 6.

(Photograph: Claire Alexandra Hatfield/ Jacket design: Carol Devine Carson)